For just about 25 minutes on July 2, 2005 the eyes of the music world turned to London's
Hyde Park, where Roger Waters performed with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright
for the first time in 24 years at the Live 8 concert. The Pink Floyd reunion set
consisted of "Speak
to Me/Breathe/Breathe (Reprise)," "Money," "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb."
Live 8 was a string of benefit concerts that took place at 10 locations scattered across
the globe on July 2, 2005; which were organized with the aim of drawing attention to the plight of the
poverty-stricken. Gilmour announced that Pink Floyd would reunite on June 12, 2005 with
the following statement, "Like most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the
G8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased aid to the
third world. It's crazy that America gives such a paltry percentage of its GNP to the
starving nations. Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in
this context, and if re-forming for this concert will help focus attention then it's got
to be worthwhile."
Many of the performances, including Pink Floyd's set, were broadcast live throughout the
world. Floyd's core four were joined by guitarist/bassist Tim Renwick and keyboardist/lap
steel guitarist/backup vocalist Jon Carin for the full set as well as saxophonist Dick
Parry on "Money" and backing vocalist Carol Kenyon during "Comfortably Numb."
Richard Wright passed away in 2008, leaving the Pink Floyd appearance at Live 8 as the
final time the band's core four would perform together.
Set: Speak to Me/Breathe/Breathe (Reprise), Money, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb
[Published on: 7/23/14]